Gay bars paid rent to Republican Carl Paladino
The Republican candidate for the governor of New York who earlier this week described homosexual behaviour as "disgusting", is facing further embarassment after it was disclosed he had been the landlord of two gay bars.
Official records showed that Carl Paladino collected rent for several years from the bars located in two buildings he owned in Buffalo, New York.
Michael Caputo, a campaign spokesman, told the New York Daily News that "as a landlord, Carl found those tenants to be good paying businesses".
Mr Paladino's son William was co-owner of one bar, Cobalt, which was noted by a local newspaper for its great cocktails and "the kind of gyration normally confined to Manhattan". It has subsequently been turned into a straight bar.
In a television interview earlier in the week Mr Paladino attacked what he called the "homosexual agenda" and said that he found gay pride parades where "they wear these little Speedos and grind against each other just a terrible thing". He however said he was not anti-gay.
These remarks followed a speech at an Orthodox synagogue in New York where he said he did not want children "brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option".
After his various remarks were greeted with outrage by his Democratic opponents, Republican gay groups and others, he apologised.
Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who heads the synagogue where Mr Paladino spoke, was however disappointed with the apology as the candidate's remarks had been well received by his conservative Jewish audience and subsequently withdrew his endorsement.
The Republican, a property multi-millionaire, is behind Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate and state attorney general, in the polls for the vote on Nov 2.
Labeling the Republican a "hypocrite", Jay Jacobs, the Democratic party chairman for New York state, said the gay community was "sure disgusting to him up until the point he's got to make some money".
It was also reported that Mr Paladino, who opposes abortion including in cases of rape and incest, was a landlord for Planned Parenthood, an organization that distributes the controversial "abortion pill" RU-486. Mr Caputo said that Mr Paladino had inherited the rental contract.